A Victorian Sixties Era Ranch House?

I leave it to the reader as to how to best answer the question posed above. But first read the background below! ūüôā

It was time to upgrade the exterior of our sixties era ranch house e.g., windows, paint, lights. But what color for the house? Fortunately, my wife, who has a much better eye for such things than I, took charge of the color selection.

After several trips to Peterson’s Paints to evaluate color options, computer modeling, etc.,¬†she selected colors frequently used on Victorian style homes–Exotic Purple &¬†Eggplant. Simply¬†White was selected as the trim color. ¬† Purple was the main color except for one side wall in Eggplant. To put it all in perspective this work photo will better explain it…

Here is the result…

NOTE: As the light changes throughout the day,¬†the Purple becomes Black and the Eggplant becomes Purple.¬† White remains…Simply¬† White.



This project, like most, generated another idea. I mean if you are doing new windows and colors, you can’t just live with the old concrete steps¬†to the front door!

A little research and consultation with Ohana Construction¬†produced this solution…


  • Ohana Construction in Petaluma for making it all happen with¬†their usual¬†hard work above & beyond…not to mention their suggestions at several stages of the exterior¬†renovation projects. They continue to¬†live up to their reputation as the People’s Choice.

  • Peterson’s Paints for¬†their help¬†in evaluating and selecting colors, sheens, etc.
  • Friedman’s for their¬†assistance on selecting outdoor lighting options from the overwhelming selection.

10 thoughts on “A Victorian Sixties Era Ranch House?

  1. Not bad at all. Seeing it with all the green trees etc which helps to tone the colors down a bit was a pleasing effect. I think it is probably best seen with the naked eye as a picture never gives as acurate a color palette. I do think the new steps is probably what really brought it all together in the end. Who knows, the two of you just might be setting a new outside decorating trend. I like it.

  2. Hi Frank, When you posted on Facebook I had questions. The result is very nice. It reminds of the “The Painted Ladies” of Victorian homes with their pastel colors

  3. Love, love, love! Exceedingly brave! Ohana also did the kitchen of our friend, and it is wonderful.

  4. These colors are beautiful! Your home is very artistic-looking! Love that purple with the decking on your front porch! We have a bedroom painted in similar colors thanks to my daughter when she lived there for a while. I never repainted it because of the dark eggplant with lighter purple with white and black accents.

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